Leadership Niagara Kicks-off the 2017/2018 Community Leadership Program

With 37 participants, 4 facilitators, and 5 amazing guest speakers, the wood-laden conference room at the Niagara Falls Public Library began to hum with excitement as the clock moved closer to 9 o’clock on Friday, September 15. The first to address the new class: Leadership Niagara’s Executive Director, Shane Malcolm.

“We are so excited to have such a great group ready to start their leadership journey,” Malcolm remarked, “This year is going to bring really great things for the community of Niagara through the efforts we make as a team”.

This opening retreat marks the 10th year of the Leadership Niagara Community Leadership Program. Leadership Niagara brings together individuals recognized as emerging and aspiring leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Each year, 30 to 40 applicants are selected into the program. It begins with an opening retreat, followed by a series of eight workshops between September and June. Participants are divided into work teams responsible for completion of a community project. Successful graduates join a growing network of people dedicated to ensuring a stronger, healthier, more vibrant Niagara

The leadership journey for the Class of 2017/2018 had just begun, and the group wasted no time getting to know each other and finding out who they were as a cohort: a diverse group of individuals with a common goal in community leadership. The differences in experience, skills, hobbies, and education quickly rose to the surface as the participants chatted and discussed who they were as individuals, what brought them to the program and what it looked like to create a group resume.

“I love the fact that it’s such a diverse and dynamic group,” said Andrew Winters, a new participant of the program from Niagara Region. “I’m also excited to expand my knowledge of non-profits in the area and discover how I can work with them as a team.”

Despite any differences among individuals, the common thread that was woven into the fabric of the group was evident. The idea of community impact through leadership had the participants buzzing from the first coffee poured to the last note taken, and long into the evening on a hot September Friday.

The glue that held the Class of 2017/2018 together was quickly appearing.

With a change in scenery for day 2, we were welcomed warmly to Heartland Forest in Niagara Falls and heard motivating perspectives on leadership from Niagara College’s President, Dan Patterson.

“All of the facilitators really love what they do, you can tell that instantly.” Stated Laura Fyfe of the Niagara Workforce Planning Board, “They give a lot of clarity to everything and really create an atmosphere of inclusion where you feel comfortable asking questions and feeling vulnerable.”

With lessons in self-awareness and introspection soaking in, it was clear the group was making headway on the first lesson in becoming a great leader: knowing yourself. And by the time the final note had been jotted down, the class was well on its way to making a difference in the community to which we all belong; in coming together as a team to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

“Everyone is really easy to talk to, everyone is really easy to approach” Fyfe continued, “I’m looking forward to learning more about myself as a leader in a guided and facilitated way. We will be going through everything together and working with the team to do something I haven’t done before.”

Thank you to our amazing guests:

  • Dan Bouwman
  • Elisabeth Graham
  • Jayne Morrish
  • Yvonne Nasri
  • Dan Patterson

And our awesome facilitators:

  • Holly Catalfamo
  • Kristine Clark
  • Shane Malcolm
  • Jodie Middleton

Stay tuned for more information about the Class of 2017/2018!

Cameron Jones
Program Assistant & Marketing Coordinator
Leadership Niagara
cjones5@brocku.ca

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Jul 25 @ 9:00 am

Vance Badaway, MP and David Lametti, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, are hosting an open house and meet and greet at Club Capri on Wednesday, July 25 at 9 a.m.

Both are interesting in listening to some of the concerns and challenges of the aging population. Please join them at Club Capri for this informal gathering if you are interesting in providing some valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities for older adults currently and in the future.

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Gambling Behaviours in Older Adults @ Online
Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

How Gambling Behaviours of Older Men and Women Challenge Previous Research on Gender and Gambling

Presenter: Mark van der Maas, PhD

This webinar will discuss new research findings on how gambling behaviours of older men and women challenge previous notions on the relationship between gender and gambling.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the over-representation of men among people with problem gambling in general population studies and young adults.
  2. Describe the recent results of casino and general population research finding similar rates of gambling and problem gambling among older adults (55+).
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This webinar is hosted by CAMH.

What’s Growin’ On Open House @ Victoria Avenue Farm
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre invites you to Victoria Avenue Farm for What’s Growin’ On Open House.

This is a great opportunity to learn about Vineland’s latest developments in horticulture at their research farm.

Register each participant for a tour spot. Due to space limitations, attendance is restricted to the first 140 registrants.

Register online by July 24th, 2018.

This open house is hosted by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

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World Hepatitis Day @ Montebello Park
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Know your status? Get tested, learn your options

The Hepatitis C Care Clinic is hosting a World Hepatitis Day event at Montebello Park on July 27.

There will be free food and refreshments, live music and entertainment, private testing and health teaching, and a community health fair with information displays.

Community partners are invited to provide an information display at the community awareness day to share with the residents of Niagara the great care and services you provide each day. For more information, contact Karen Usick at 905-378-4647 ext. 32555.

This event is hosted by the Hepatitis C Care Clinic at Niagara Health.

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Youth and Cannabis Legalization: Prevention, Education, and Harm Reduction @ Brock University - Academic South 217
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Niagara Region Public Health and the Brock University Centre for Lifespan Development Research invites you to attend a session titled Youth and Cannabis Legalization: Prevention, Education, and Harm Reduction, presented by Dr. Jenna Valleriani.

Dr. Valleriani is a post-doctoral fellow at the BC Centre on Substance Use and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, has extensive experience and has played a role in cannabis legalization while engaging youth in the process (see below for full bio).

The presentation will provide an overview of the current and future policy landscape in Canada, focus on the rational for a public health approach to cannabis legalization, and discuss youth cannabis prevention and education in a new context.

Dr. Valleriani will draw on her research experience and experience working with young people on youth-driven approaches to cannabis education, as well as a recent literature review of harms pertaining to youth and cannabis.

The talk will conclude by focusing on current dominant approaches to drug education and evidence around effectiveness, the increasing importance of meaningfully including young people in cannabis education efforts, and the inclusion of approaches which address age-appropriate evidence-based information about cannabis, its use and effects, as well as harm reduction strategies.

Lunch will be included and parking is complimentary. RSVP to Lucretia Harris by Thursday, July 26 (see contact information above). Please notify of any dietary restrictions.

This session is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health and the Brock University Centre for Lifespan Development Research.

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Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for an afternoon seminar on What Lenders Want. Joan Hodge of Meridian Credit Union and Volker Loetfering of Venture Niagara will be giving an insider’s view of what lenders want and how to best position your business for financing.

Volker Loetfering is the Business Loans Officer at Venture Niagara CFDC which provides business advisory services and loans to existing small businesses and startups in Niagara. His professional background includes financial advisor, sales & marketing manager and international business development manager. He has worked in various industry verticals throughout his career including manufacturing, distribution, retail, information technology, market research and financing.

Joan Hodge is a Senior Small Business Advisor with Meridian Credit Union. Joan’s goal is to provide financial business solutions that enable you, a Small Business owner, to move your business forward. Joan has more than 20 years experience in financial services in roles ranging from financial planning to personal lending and branch administration. Joan believes that Small Business is the cornerstone of our country and is proud to work alongside many Small Business owners.

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